You know what really grinds my gears? The Gears Strike Back

I would hardly call it new… 2004.
Gerry Anderson was still alive and produced it.
It’s not too bad, actually maintains the integrity of the original show. But the modern fast paced nature of tv, precludes effective story telling.
A couple of the episodes are up there with the originals though.

Now as for Thunderbirds Are Go (TAG) what the literal have they done to my favourite tv show… why do we need a Thunderbird Shadow, where the heck is Jeff and why do the Tracey brothers not use their guns anymore.

“Its Thunderbirds Jim, but not as we know it”

Yes I’m a geek + Nerd.
So sue me.


Now tell us your thoughts on the movie.

The Jonathan Frakes abortion I mean? Giving it, its correct title.

Oh no, I didn’t know he did it. I thought I liked Frakes.

…Not as we know it, not as we know it. It’s Thunderbirds Jim, but not as we know it, not as we know it Jim?

After my drive home this afternoon (and changing tack slightly): people dawdling in a lane of the motorway other than the left lane when there is nothing in front of them.

You mean, it isn’t every time you venture onto a motorway?

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Well yes, but Friday afternoon on the M40 always seems that little bit worse.

Why not just pass them, if there is room, on the inside lane(s).

I do. At 70.

Which is actually illegal unless you’re leaving the motorway at an exit and the lane markings have changed in length.

I thought it was acceptable unless you’re purposely pulling over to undertake :thinking:

Nope. Not illegal. The highway code says not to do it but it’s not one of the rules backed up by legislation. Now it will be a strong (but rebuttable) indicator of careless driving if there were to be an accident whilst passing someone on the left but undertaking, or passing on the left, is not in and of itself illegal.


I will share a top tip I was given years ago…

If as an individual you are ever in doubt of the legality of something in a grey area such as this simply add 2 words after your statement.

“Your Honour”

I thought I wouldnt need the extra staff cover… your honour.

I didnt think you needed a proper number plate on a load being pulled… your honour.

I assumed white phosphouring HQAC was a good thing… your honour.

I find it helps immeasurably.


Substitute “My Lord” depending on how seriously you have to think about it.

The RAC link points to the various Highway Code rules & associated guidance.

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The way some of you lot go on, I thought justification to the higher power would be more like “excuse excuse excuse… Darling/love/dear/schnookums.”

Over the years I’ve become increasingly disappointed with the RBL FoR. We had visitors yesterday and when they left I turned the TV on to watch the FoR and was “greeted” with a shot of Jeff Goldblum playing piano and ballroom dancers, I had to check to make sure the Strictly Come Dancing nonsense hadn’t over run, no, it was the FoR. It was then a barrage of singers with one destroying Bridge Over Troubled Waters and others singing the hymns that should IMO only be sung by the audience and who thought the Lord’s Prayer needed to sung by a choir, should be locked up.
I didn’t quite understand why they got “actors” to do the Berlin story, when they had the pilot and a child who was there at time, at the FoR, who could have told the story and brought a better sense of it, they have “old boys & girls” telling their stories in person.
I think they need to go back to basics, bring the military back to the fore and stop making a low quality variety show. What has been a staple of our TV viewing for as long as I can remember will now not be.


I know most people on here have different ideas to you on most things, but I do agree with your comment whole-heartedly.

Why has the annual FoR turned into a showcase for actors-turned-singers or has been singers trying to get back into the limelight.

Corbyn had the right idea; don’t turn up :shushing_face: :face_with_hand_over_mouth:


I’m not sure if Jeff Goldblum is washed up but I suppose the sentiment stands.

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